About the
Process

Our latest strategic planning initiative began where our last plan left off. It found—and continues to find—us in a position of strength, optimism, and boundless energy for what comes next. Always rooted in the values and ideals that have guided us from day one, we are firm in our beliefs but flexible in our ability to meet kids where they are, to address the challenges specific to this moment, and to make a positive impact on the world.

Our Board of Trustees adopted our strategic plan at their spring 2023 meeting. This followed an 18-month-long process during which our Camp and School community came together to help us envision our future to continue and build upon our meaningful programs.

In October 2021, the Board of Trustees affirmed the launch of a visioning and strategic planning process for North Country School and Camp Treetops. We assembled a steering committee comprised of trustees, alumni, and staff and dove into the work of creating the plan. This included intentional one-on-one interviews, community-wide surveys, meaningful focus groups, and informational community sessions. We are indebted to the many people who have contributed to this effort. Our mighty community is the heart of this special place and we are so grateful for all of you who voiced your thoughts, shared your ideas, and envisioned the future with us.
From the start, we were intentional about how we went about this strategic planning process. We invited wide community participation and shared regular updates on our progress. Along the way, we were guided by the following roadmap—a set of tools and questions that helped to keep our work centered.

Our Roadmap

Our steering committee comprised of the following dedicated individuals:

Mara Frankel Wallace, Committee Chair,Trustee 17-present, CTT 77-80, parent 14-15,

Barkley Stuart, Board Chair, Trustee 08-present, CTT 69-72, parent 03-07, NCS parent 09-11

Todd Ormiston, Executive Director

Ed Biddle, Trustee 20-present, CTT parent 01-08, 10-12,

Christie Borden, Director of Advancement, NCS 92, parent 17-19, CTT parent 19-present

Ami Brabson, Trustee 21-present, NCS parent 16-18,

Matt Davidson, Trustee Emeritus, CTT 62-67, parent 96-06,

Sarah Davidson, CTT 96-99

Hannah Edwards, Camp Treetops Director

Emily Eisman, Associate Director of Advancement

Molly Malmfelt-Frank, CTT 90-93, staff 13-14, 21-present

Chris Moore, Director of Facilities

Bill Newman, NCS Director of Admission

Stefan Nowicki, Trustee 18-present, CTT 87-91, 93, staff 97-03, 06, 11

Caroline Hlavacek Perry, NCS faculty 15-present

Skye Raiser, Trustee 20-present, NCS parent 20-23

Larry Robjent, NCS Faculty 00–present, CTT parent 16-17, 19, NCS parent 18-21

Pamela Rosenthal, Trustee 11-present, NCS Parent 07–09

Fritz Sabbow, Former CFO (now retired)

Erv Shames, Trustee 95-04, CTT parent 82-85, grandparent 13-21

Matthew Preston Smith, Former Director of North Country School

Dave Steckler, NCS faculty 08-22

David Stewart, Trustee 20-present, NCS 94, CTT 95-96

Yunga Webb, Former NCS Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

You can find previous updates on the strategic planning process here:

Click here to read the May 7, 2022 update.

Click here to read the August 15, 2022 update.

Click here to read the November 17, 2022 update.

Click here to read the February 23, 2023 update.

Click here to read the July 11, 2023 update.

Click here to read the November 5, 2023 update.

Absolutely! Just reach out to us via email and we’ll share a PDF version of the plan with you.